2023 Holiday Fun Guide | Polk County Moms

2023 Holiday Fun Guide

Covering events and activities Clermont, Groveland, Davenport, Haines City, Polk City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Dundee, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Frostproof, Frostbite, Mulberry, Bartow, Lakeland, Auburndale, Plant City, Poinciana

Join Polk County Moms & Tired As A Mother for Oh Snap! It’s a Holiday Market!

Shop from a curated selection of local vendors in an indoor setting. There are various photo spots within the venue, an indoor bounce house for smaller kids as well as a face painter for a nominal fee. Take a FREE picture with Santa Claus, and after your picture with Santa enjoy cookies courtesy of St. John United Methodist Church.


Scroll down for all the info on holiday lights, tree lighting & parades, Santa visits, and more. Or you can view a specific section by clicking on the tabs below. 

Holiday Lights Display

November 25 – January 1

Jones Family Light Show

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Spectacular light show in Winter Haven. Tune in to station 91.7 FM.

6 pm-9 pm on weekdays and 6 pm-10 pm weekends.

132 Bermuda Court Winter Haven, Fl 33880


November 25 – January 1

Curtis Family Lights in Lakeland

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Enjoy a Holiday Light Display in Lakeland.

6:30 to 11:00 pm every night

6502 Oakpoint Drive
Lakeland, United States


November 26 – January 1
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Banbor lights run daily until January 1st.
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Tune into Radio station: 91.5FM

7237 Mystic Brook Way
Davenport, Fl 33896


November 26 – January 1

Fetterman Christmas Light Show

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Spectacular light show in Auburndale set to music on station 87.9 FM.

2214 & 2216 Michelle Dr
Auburndale Florida 33823


November 26 – January 1

The Little Family Christmas Lights in Bartow

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Holiday Light show in Bartow.

Mon-Thurs 5:30-8:30
Fri-Sat 5:30-9:30

1716 James Pointe Drive Bartow, Fl


December 2 – January 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Enjoy a Holiday Light Display by The Bigda’s. Listen to the music on your car radio on 87.9FM

4314 Shadow Wood Trail,
Winter Haven, FL


November 25 – January 1
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Adventure Drive Lights in Riverview

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Enjoy a Holiday Light Display –  Listen from the sidewalk or tune into 95.3FM from your car radio

7:00 to 10:00 pm every night

12229 Adventure Drive
Riverview, United States


December 7th – 9th
December 14th – 16th
December 21st – 23rd
December 26th – 31st

Johanessen Lights in Winter Park

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You will be able to park at the office center at the end of Georgeann, or at the Publix Plaza across Goldenrod. There will be a special crosswalk set up by Orange County Sheriff Deputies to cross Goldenrod. As always, the front yard admission is FREE to all. The backyard will be open for a suggested donation to help offset the display costs.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

7849 Georgeann Street
Winter Park, 32792


Parades & Tree Lighting Events

November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Plant City

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The light displays installed by the City’s General Services Division will be turned on during the Lights of Love ceremony

McCall Park
100 N. Collins Street
Plant City, 33563

November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Winter Haven


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Enjoy Hunter Smith singing Christmas carols and Holiday hits! The first 100 children will enjoy free hot cocoa from Richard’s Fine Coffee and cookies courtesy of Gourmet Goodies!

Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
469 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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There will be live music, food trucks, DJ, music, carolers, photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus (provided by Kiwanis Club of South Lake) and more!

December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Christmas Tree Lighting in City of Dundee


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Join the Town of Dundee for their tree lighting ceremony. There will be live performances, cookies & hot chocolate. Santa Claus will be there for photos

Dundee Community Center 603 Lake Marie Blvd, Dundee

December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by the Frostproof Area Chamber of Commerce


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There will be music, food trucks and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Wall Street Park
100 West Wall Street
Frostproof, Florida 33843


December 1 @ 6:00 pm 

Cookie Stroll & Tree Lighting in Mulberry


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6:00 p.m. inside the Gem Theater – Musical program by Mulberry High School Choir and reading of the Christmas Story
Tree Lighting to immediately follow at behind the Gem Theater with musical performances by Purcell Elementary Choir
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the surrounding businesses and streets

Gem Theater
110 Northwest 1st Avenue
Mulberry, FL 33860

December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Plant City Christmas Parade


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The parade will start on S. Collins Street at the W. Ball Street intersection. It will travel north to Reynolds Street, then east along that roadway up to the Plant City Courthouse.

December 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Clermont Holiday Parade


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The parade will start at Waterfront Park and winds its way through downtown Clermont making a loop.

Clermont Waterfront Park 100 3rd Street, Clermont

December 2 @ 5:00 pm

Holiday Tree Lighting in Lake Hamilton


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Enjoy some holiday fun with a holiday movie, hot cocoa, and meet Santa

Lake Hamilton Town Hall 100 Smith Ave, Lake Hamilton


December 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Haines City Parade and Glitter, Glisten, & Snow in Haines City


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Join Santa at Lake Eva Park for the lighting of the 31-ft Christmas tree and all of the other beautiful lights around the park. Activities will include photos with Santa, falling snow, a craft area, and the return of the snow slide!

The Christmas Parade will start at 6:00 p.m. in front of Burger King, and follow Hinson Ave. to 6th Street, where it will make a right turn where it will make its way to Lake Eva Park.

December 2 @ 6:30 pm

31st Annual Christmas Parade of Lights in Frostproof


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Join the City of Frostproof for their annual parade followed by the Holly Jolly Christmas Party.

December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

42nd Annual Lakeland Christmas Parade


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the parade will leave the RP Funding Center making its way down Lemon Street, twisting and turning through Downtown Lakeland


December 8 @ 6:00 pm

Bartow’s 2023 Magical Illumination Christmas Parade


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Santa’s sleigh is on its way, and it’s bringing a parade of holiday fun your way!

Bartow Civic Center 2250 S Floral Avenue, Bartow


December 8 @ 7:00 pm

Havendale Christmas Parade


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The route is planned to begin at Spring Haven in Winter Haven and head west to the Publix in Auburndale.

December 9 @ 2:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Lake Wales Christmas Parade: “Toys on Parade”


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The annual Christmas parade in Downtown Lake Wales is a cherished tradition that brings the community together in the spirit of the season.

Lake Wailes Park 33 N. Lake Shore Blvd, Lake Wales

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Santa will be there along with snow, vendors, and more.

Tom Fellows Community Center 207 North Boulevard West, Davenport, FL,


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Dundee’s annual parade followed by photo’s with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Town of Dundee City Hall 202 East Main Street, Dundee, Florida


December 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Mulberry’s Christmas Parade 2023 & Christmas Village


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The parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the city’s Christmas Village to immediately follow at Spence Park.

Spence Park NE 1st Street, Mulberry, FL, United States

December 9 @ 6:30 pm

Lake Alfred Christmas Parade


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Starting at Central Park, ending at Gardner Park Following the parade there will be a tree lighting, Cookies and Cocoa, and Photos with Santa

Lake Alfred Central Park 429 S Carolina Avenue, Lake Alfred, Florida

December 9 @ 6:00 pm

Merry Grinchmas Christmas Parade


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Join the city of Fort Meade for their annual parade in downtown


One Day Events, Festivals & Markets

December 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Merry Market Night at Warner University

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Enjoy an evening of shopping local and purchasing presents to put under the tree this year from over 50 different vendors! There will also be a visit from Santa!

Warner University
13895 US Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL


December 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Friday: Holiday Spectacular in Downtown Lakeland

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Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy free activities, games, and live music in Munn Park.

Downtown Lakeland
117 N. Kentucky Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801


December 1 @ 6:00 pm 

Winter Haven Winter Wonderland

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The crafts station and food trucks open at 6 pm, and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Please bring your own blankets and chairs, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Central Park 
34 4th St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881


December 2 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Oh Snap! It’s a Holiday Market

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This indoor market features local vendors and lots of family fun. Grab some fabulous photos at the various photo spots and take a FREE picture with Santa!

SJUM Gymnasium
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 


December 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

34th Annual Carols in the Park Downtown

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This event has become a tradition for multiple generations, with a special Candy Cane Corner for children of all ages! Kids will enjoy FREE pictures with Santa Claus, a take-home holiday craft, and a bounce house…among other fun activities!

Central Park Downtown Winter Haven
469 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33881


December 2 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
December 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Starlight Skating – Winter Haven

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 Enjoy a magical experience as the heart of the city transforms into a winter wonderland

Downtown Winter Haven
34 3rd Street SW
Winter Haven, FL


December 2 @ 9:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Auburndale’s Merry Holiday Market

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There will be live music, over 50 local vendors, and a few special holiday surprises! Santa will be on hand from 10 am to 1 pm

1 Bobby Green Pl
Auburndale, FL 33823


December 2 @  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bandit Holiday Market

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Enjoy cool jams and even cooler drinks as you shop with over 40 unique and alternative small businesses from around central Florida.

Historic Ritz Theatre
263 W Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33880


December 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Free breakfast with Santa -donations accepted. Open to the community

St. John United Methodist Church
1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, FL 33884


December 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
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Enjoy a fun morning complete with breakfast, crafts, games, and some quality time with Santa. Breakfast with Santa tickets are now available for purchase at the Parks and Recreation Department (119 W Park St). This is a limited-capacity event, so please get your tickets soon. They can be purchased for $10 from the department office

Auburndale Civic Center
115 W Park Street
Auburndale, FL


December 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

AHS Winter Fest at Auburndale High School

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Shop from student artists & local makers

Auburndale High School
1 Bloodhound Trail
Auburndale, FL 33823


blurry holiday lights on a tree
garland and pine cones dusted with snow
Sugar cider donut in front of a fire pit
Elf on the Shelf Printables

Elf on the Shelf Printables

Print out these props for your elf!

Enjoy a pomergranate margarita with friends

Pomegranate Cosmo Recipe

Cup of Coquito

Coquito: Spiked Puerto Rican Eggnog

Pot roast over mashed potatoes

DIY: Dried Orange Garland

Lemons, eucalyptus and rosemary for a clean smelling home.

Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus Simmer Pot Recipe

Salt Dough Ornament

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

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